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London

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Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme for Doors Open London this year is “Live. Work. Play: In the Forest City.”

Businesses, workplaces, places of worship, places of entertainment, museums and heritage organizations will showcase how Londoners have chosen to live, work and play in the city over the years. Through performances, demonstrations, guided tours and reenactments, you will see how communities and neighborhoods have changed and impacted Londoners in their life. See how work culture, demographics and the impact of the economy have all shaped us and helped us evolve over the years. And explore how Londoners have embraced the arts not only for entertainment, but also to pursue interests, passion and entertainment. This weekend event will show how London has developed to become Canada’s only UNESCO city of music.

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38 In-person Doors Open sites

1st Hussars MuseumDoors Open London

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1st Hussars Museum

At this year's Doors Open London, step into the rich and vibrant history of the 1st Hussars Regiment and Cavalry Troop at the 1st Hussars Museum. Visitors and attendees can immerse in outdoor displays, uncover tours and explore stories of volunteer soldiers’ experiences abroad while serving their nation. Gain insights into their bravery, sacrifices and contributions to history!

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: tea.granny@sympatico.ca
https://www.first-hussars.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation MuseumDoors Open London

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427 Wing and Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

Embark on a journey through time with a historical tour of this museum, showcasing its development from 1940 to its present-day status as a bustling hub of international air travel. Explore and indulge in artifacts and images detailing its transformation from a Royal Canadian Air Force base to a global connector. Engage in recreational activities including games and outdoor sports.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

2155 Crumlin Side Road
London, Ontario
Email: fbirch@rogers.com
http://www.427wing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1939-40
Building type: Green building Military Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Banting House National Historic Site of CanadaDoors Open London

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Banting House National Historic Site of Canada

Embark on a journey through the life of a national hero often overshadowed by his groundbreaking discovery of insulin. With self-guided tours and commentary, delve into the lesser-known aspects of Banting's legacy. The exhibit Diabetes Ink celebrates the empowerment of individuals with diabetes through tattoos, highlighting Banting's London years, his artistic pursuits and significant contributions to medicine and military research.

  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

442 Adelaide Street North
London, Ontario
Email: banting@diabetes.ca
https://bantinghousenhs.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Brick Street CemeteryDoors Open London

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Brick Street Cemetery

Step back in time at the Brick Street Cemetery, a cherished pioneer site restored to its former glory. Delve into the lives of early settlers with optional guided or self-guided tours, uncovering tales of resilience and community. Engage in educational activities, from learning stone masonry to deciphering Christian gravestone symbolism. See how they preserve our heritage and explore volunteer opportunities.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

370 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario
Email: bsc1813@yahoo.com
https://ontariofamilyhistory.org/brickstreetcemetery

Architecture

Year built: c. 1813
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Canada LifeDoors Open London

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Canada Life

The Canada Life building is a London landmark. Come and explore the Dufferin Lobby exhibit and take a self-guided tour of the fourth floor to see their corporate art collection and local performers. Don't miss AlvegoRoot Theatre’s revival of the London Life Troupers — the legendary Second World War troupe that entertained servicemen with dance, music and comedy!

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

255 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario
Email: community@canadalife.com
https://www.canadalife.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark
Architect: John M. Moore and Company

Dates/hours open

Sep 22 - Sep 22

Carrefour Communautaire Francophone de LondonDoors Open London

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Carrefour Communautaire Francophone de London

Join the Carrefour Communautaire Francophone de London (CCFL) for an exhilarating soccer tournament! Interested participants can register here. Delve into the rich history of the development of CCFL and explore their role in promoting the synergies and engagement of their members and partners. Don't miss out on the action and celebration at CCFL!

  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

920 Huron Street
London, Ontario
Email: alexandra.brioso@ccflondon.ca
https://www.ccflondon.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Centre of Movement Arts Walking TourDoors Open London

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Centre of Movement Arts Walking Tour

The Centre of Movement Arts is a non-profit organization that deepens the experience of living through movement and dance. For Doors Open London, they are hosting a one-hour guided tour of Old East Village and journey back 100 years. This adventure, directed by Bizz Varty (founder of the London Dance Festival) features multiple styles by artists and volunteers.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

Start at Queens Park (925 Dundas Street)
London, Ontario
Email: centreofmovementarts@gmail.com
http://www.londondancefestival.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Chinmaya Mission LondonDoors Open London

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Chinmaya Mission London

Discover the essence of the world's oldest civilization through informational sessions, delving into Hindu philosophy and religion. Engage with poster presentations on Hinduism and its major rites. Immerse yourself in ancient Hindu chants, prayers and key rituals. Participate in hands-on meditation sessions for mental and physical rejuvenation. Join structured yoga classes, savour diverse Indian cuisine and explore South Asian traditions.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

2156 Highbury Avenue North
London, Ontario
Email: hello@chinmayalondon.org
https://chinmayalondon.org

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Clayworx Ceramic Arts Learning CentreDoors Open London

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Clayworx Ceramic Arts Learning Centre

Experience the magic of Clayworx with captivating wheel throwing demonstrations, pottery showcases and interactive clay activities for all ages. Explore the historical 1897 brick building through guided tours, uncovering its rich history, including the transformative renovations made from 2008-22. Discover how this remarkable space has evolved into a fully accessible arts facility, inviting creativity and inspiration at every turn.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

664 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: programming@clayworx.ca
https://www.clayworx.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Covent Garden MarketDoors Open London

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Covent Garden Market

Join Multicultural Sunday at the Covent Garden Market, a vibrant celebration of global diversity. Enjoy live music, enticing food vendors and artisan stalls highlighting cultures from around the world. Indulge in delicious eats, immerse yourself in cultural experiences and dance the day away at Rotary Square. Don't miss this opportunity to savour the flavours and rhythms from across the globe!

  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

130 King Street
London, Ontario
Email: sregier@coventmarket.com
https://coventmarket.com

Architecture

Year built: established in 1845; current building constructed in 1999
Building type: Attraction Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Sep 22 - Sep 22

Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western UniversityDoors Open London

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Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University

Nestled in Canada's only UNESCO-designated City of Music, this site serves as a premier educational centre. Annually welcoming 20,000-plus community members for various events, the centre offers world-class infrastructure across Talbot College and the Music Building. Witness musicians in action, featuring a public masterclass with pianist Dang Thai Son, student-led tours and the rehearsal of Western's New Horizons Band.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

Talbot College and Music Building, Lambton Drive
London, Ontario
Email: rachel.condie@uwo.ca
https://music.uwo.ca

Architecture

Year built: after 1945
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Dundas PlaceDoors Open London

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Dundas Place

Dundas Place beckons as a vibrant hub for shopping, dining and artistic delights. Stretching from Wellington to Ridout streets, it offers a dynamic experience shared by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere, explore diverse businesses and savour live music and street vendors. Come and experience the lively energy of Dundas Place in the heart of London!

  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

179 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: dundasplace@london.ca

Architecture

Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Eldon House Heritage Site and GardensDoors Open London

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Eldon House Heritage Site and Gardens

Experience Eldon House like never before during Doors Open! Historical Interpreters delve into unique design elements while visitors embark on self-guided tours of the house and grounds. Step back in time and engage in outdoor activities, including classic Victorian lawn games suitable for families and children. Come and enjoy a day filled with history, exploration and fun at Eldon House.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

481 Ridout Street North
London, Ontario
Email: info@eldonhouse.ca
https://eldonhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1834
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Elmwood Lawn Bowling ClubDoors Open London

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Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club

Constructed in 1916 with a tongue-and-groove exterior, the clubhouse was renovated in 1965 to its current state. During Doors Open, come and see lawn bowling demonstrations and tryouts; all equipment and instruction are provided. Experience the charm of this historical clubhouse while enjoying the timeless sport of lawn bowling in a picturesque setting.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

17 1/2 Edward Street (Wortley Village)
London, Ontario
Email: elmwoodclub@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/Elmwood-Lawn-Bowling-Club-124677518112808

Architecture

Year built: 1911

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Elsie Perrin Williams EstateDoors Open London

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Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

Join the Heritage London Foundation for an enriching journey through this historical house, where guided tours and informative signs illuminate the fascinating tales of Elsie Perrin, Dr. Hadley Williams and their housekeeper. Learn about the estate's post-1934 legacy and explore the Williams' lifestyle through immersive outdoor activities on the expansive grounds. Discover history anew!

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Architecture

Year built: 1914-18
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: John Moore

Dates/hours open

Sep 22 - Sep 22

Fanshawe Pioneer VillageDoors Open London

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Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Discover life from 1820-1920 at Fanshawe Pioneer Village! Explore how people lived, worked and played in the past. Experience vintage games, try chores like washboard laundry and learn about trades. Become a printer's apprentice with a historical printing press. And enjoy a guided tour of the Fanshawe Dam by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

2609 Fanshawe Park Road East (enter at 1424 Clarke Road)
London, Ontario
Email: info@fanshawepioneervillage.ca
https://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

First St. Andrews United ChurchDoors Open London

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First St. Andrews United Church

Discover the rich history of this beloved church nestled in London's heart with guided tours of its storied halls and grounds. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of its heritage as organ performances echo throughout the day. Join them for a journey through time and faith, exploring the timeless beauty and significance of its historical sanctuary.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

350 Queens Avenue
London, Ontario
Email: mail@fsaunited.com
https://www.fsaunited.com

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: William Robinson

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Hamilton Road Culture TourDoors Open London

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Hamilton Road Culture Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through the historical tree trunks of Hamilton Road with this exclusive Historical Tree Trunk Bus Tour. Delve into the rich heritage of the area while enjoying live performances by local talent. Be part of the excitement! Prizes will be offered throughout the event, adding an extra layer of fun to this unique exploration.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

Start at 750 Hamilton Road
London, Ontario
Email: Carolynhamroadbia@gmail.com
https://www.hamroad.com

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

HDR Architecture Associates Inc.Doors Open London

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HDR Architecture Associates Inc.

Come and enjoy an immersive experience at this architecture and interior design studio, where visitors can explore the intricate phases of their design process. Discover award-winning projects on display, take virtual tours of completed works, witness a 3D printing demo and engage in creative activities for kids. Unleash your creativity and gain insights into the world of design innovation.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

252 Pall Mall Street, Suite 300
London, Ontario
Email: jeffrey.salmon@hdrinc.com
https://www.hdrinc.com/services/architecture

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

Innovation WorksDoors Open London

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Innovation Works

Experience a blend of old and new at Innovation Works, where historical elements merge with modern comforts. Delight in hands-on art activities and a “growing wall” exhibition by local artists. Enjoy guided tours exploring the building's evolution and social art installations. Musical performances celebrate London's UNESCO City of Music designation. Explore exhibitions on sustainability and relax at the Sidetrack Café.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

201 King Street
London, Ontario
Email: info@innovationworkslondon.ca
https://innovationworkslondon.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910-12
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

Jet Aircraft MuseumDoors Open London

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Jet Aircraft Museum

Step back in time to this museum, where visitors can explore artifacts, art and airplanes from the Cold War era. Engage with staff as they offer cockpit experiences and flight simulator sessions. Delve into displays showcasing aircraft pictures, models, jet engines, missiles and more. Discover their Education Program, become a museum member or maybe a volunteer.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

2465 Aviation Lane, Unit 2
London, Ontario
Email: eventscom@jetaircraftmuseum.ca
http://www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

London Children's MuseumDoors Open London

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London Children's Museum

Join the London Children’s Museum for the last time from where it all started! Rediscover iconic artifacts and programs from their decades-long history, featuring meteorite and fossil shows, the Alan Benninger Tin Toy Collection, and hands-on science experiments. Explore 45 years of play through collection cases and share your own memories of play and learning at a postcard station.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

21 Wharncliffe Road South
London, Ontario
Email: info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca
https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

London District Weavers and SpinnersDoors Open London

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London District Weavers and Spinners

Come and enjoy captivating demonstrations, hands-on experiences and a journey through centuries of tradition. Celebrating 75 years in the Forest City, this site will allow you to explore displays of handmade items and witness the creation of a special wall hanging. Get creative and make your own handwoven masterpiece to cherish. And discover how these ancient arts still thrive.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1731 Churchill Avenue
London, Ontario
Email: ldwsguild@gmail.com
https://ldws.ca

Architecture

Year built: after 1945
Building type: Commercial Gallery

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 21

London Fire Station 4Doors Open London

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London Fire Station 4

Come for an immersive journey into fire safety! Learn essential tips to prevent kitchen fires — the top cause of fires in Ontario. Explore artifacts and images that showcase the heroic evolution of fire services. Step into history at the historical London Fire Department and iconic fire hall in Old North. Prepare for an exhilarating experience in fire safety education.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

807 Colborne Street
London, Ontario
Email: sbyron@london.ca
http://london.ca/fire

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Building type: Historical landmark Fire station
Architect: Arthur E. Nutter

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22

London Music Hall of FameDoors Open London

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London Music Hall of Fame

Discover the London Music Hall of Fame — Canada's only city-specific music hall of fame. Explore the profiles of inductees and musical artifacts, including Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians' big band-era relics. With two live venues — The Rosewood Room and The LMA Ballroom — you can also enjoy diverse performances from genres like R&B, soul, jazz and classics from the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

182 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Email: mpcircelli@yahoo.ca
https://fclma.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Building type: Commercial Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sep 21 - Sep 22